Hockey Day in America Features High School, Sled Hockey
February 14, 2012 Leave a comment
NBC’s Hockey Day in America will return in full force on Sunday, featuring a half-hour special on various hockey teams around the country leading into nine hours of NHL action. This comes after the network drew their best ratings for a non-Winter Classic game since 2006 last season.
NBC will air hockey programming from Noon-6 p.m. ET, afterwards NBC Sports Network will take over from 6-9:30 p.m. ET. Things will kick off with the second annual Hockey Day in America special, which will feature footage from four different hockey teams from around the country. The Roseau-Warroad high school rivalry from Minnesota, the Tampa Bay Lightning sled hockey organization, and the U.S. National Team Development program will all get some network TV love.
Liam McHugh will host the NHL’s studio show, live from Wells Fargo WinterSkate in St. Paul, Minnesota (the show was in Chicago last year) with Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury while three games will begin with staggered start times at 12:30 p.m. ET. Sharks-Red Wings will be seen by most of the country and be called by Red Wings play-by-play man Ken Daniels and Blues color analyst Darren Pang. Others will see Penguins-Sabres with TSN’s Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro, while remaining viewers will see Blues-Blackhawks, called by NBC’s #2 team of Dave Strader and Brian Engblom. All three games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com.
The NBC Game of the Week will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET between the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Wild. The NBC A-Team of Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will have the call. NBC Sports Network will continue on with the coverage at 6:00 p.m. ET with the Devils visiting the Canadiens. John Forslund and Andy Brickley will have the call. NHL Live will follow the game at 8:30 p.m. ET, with NHL Overtime wrapping up the day at 9:00 p.m. ET. All in all, it should be a fantastic day of hockey.